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Lady Rockets sweep Meigs, 53-41

Bryan Walters bwalters@civitasmedia.com

January 23, 2014

ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — A tough way to end an otherwise solid performance.


The Meigs girls basketball team missed its first eight shot attempts in the fourth quarter, and visiting Wellston broke away from a 35-all tie during that span en route to a 53-41 victory Thursday night in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division matchup at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium in Meigs County.


The Lady Marauders (4-12, 0-8 TVC Ohio) battled through 15 lead changes and nine ties over three quarters of play, but the hosts went ice cold down the stretch — making only 2-of-15 field goal attempts during the final eight minutes of play.


The Lady Rockets (6-10, 2-6) made the most of that late opportunity, as the guests netted 12 consecutive points over six minutes — giving WHS a comfortable 47-35 cushion with 1:59 remaining in regulation. Meigs ended a 6:19 scoreless drought when Kelsey Hudson netted a trifecta with 1:42 left for a 47-38 deficit, but the hosts were never closer the rest of the way.


Wellston — which converted 7-of-12 free throws in the fourth — closed regulation with a 6-3 spurt to wrap up the 12-point decision and also a season sweep. The Lady Rockets defeated MHS by a 56-33 margin back on December 12 in Wellston.


WHS built a 6-0 lead a minute into regulation and claimed the biggest advantage of the first half at 10-2 following a basket by Lexi Humphreys at the 4:23 mark of the first. Meigs, however, countered with a 9-0 surge to secure its first lead of the night at 11-10 following a bucket by Hudson with 33 seconds left.


Wellston — which hit four of its first six shot attempts — snapped a 4:06 scoreless drought with 16 seconds left in the opening period, as Lexi Hopkins netted a trifecta that ended an 0-for-9 shooting spell while providing the guests with a 13-11 edge after eight minutes of play.


Neither team led by more than two points in the second stanza, which also featured four ties and five lead changes over the course of eight minutes. Hannah Cremeans hit a baseline runner just before the buzzer, allowing the Lady Marauders to secure a 21-20 edge headed into halftime.


Wellston owned a 19-16 edge on the glass and committed just five turnovers by the break, while MHS gave the ball away eight times. Meigs was 8-of-22 from the field for 36 percent at halftime, while the guests made just 7-of-31 shot attempts for 23 percent.


The Lady Marauders claimed their biggest lead of the night 10 seconds into the third period, as Brook Andrus netted a jumper for a 23-20 cushion. WHS battled back to force five ties and seven lead changes over the remainder of the quarter, which led to a 35-all contest entering the fourth.


Hopkins hit a field goal with 6:46 left, which sparked the guests’ 12-0 run while also giving them a permanent lead. The Lady Rockets also claimed their largest advantage of the night at 51-38 following a pair of successful free throws by Humphreys with 44 seconds left in regulation.


WHS outrebounded the hosts by a 40-31 overall margin, including an 11-9 edge on the offensive glass. The guests committed only eight turnovers in the triumph, compared to 15 by Meigs.


The Lady Marauders connected on 16-of-50 shot attempts for 32 percent, including a 3-of-11 effort from behind the arc for 27 percent. MHS was also 6-of-17 at the free throw line for 35 percent.


Kelsey Hudson led Meigs with 14 points, followed by Morgan Russell with eight points and Hannah Cremeans with seven markers. Brook Andrus was next with five points, while Haiden English contributed three markers. Both Ariel Ellis and Bre Colburn rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.


Wellston made 15-of-51 field goal attempts for 29 percent, including a 4-of-20 effort from three-point range for 20 percent. The guests were also 20-of-33 at the charity stripe for 61 percent.


Lexi Humphreys paced WHS with a game-high 21 points, 16 of which came in the second half. Lexi Hopkins was next with 14 points, while Brittany Newman and Chelsea McManaway respectively added nine and five markers to the win.